Friday, April 09, 2010
The Lack Thereof
Tonight was all about the pitching, or lack thereof, at Citi Field in Queens.
Despite his belief he can pitch to contact, Garrett Mock nibbled around the plate all night. And got nowhere.
Miguel Batista relieved him and continued to give up important runs in a close game.
If not for a strong wind blowing in--Jason Bergmann would have allowed a long home run to The Mets David Wright. Instead Our Number 57 allowed a double and an eventual game distancing run scored.
Rookie Jesse English pitched to one New York batter. Of course, he was charged a run.
And Tyler Walker just added fuel to the fire with one of those innings that get so far out of hand--Our Manager is going to keep the big righthander in the game because everything is lost now and Jim Riggleman wants to save the back end of his bullpen for tomorrow's needs. Walker allowing three runs on five hits in 1.1 innings.
Eight runs, six walks and 12 hits allowed by Washington's pitchers this chilly night in New York City.
The lack of pitching negated any positive movement by Our Washington Nationals this evening. Ian Desmond may well have put D.C.'s team in the lead early with an electrifying triple to leftfield past a diving Jason Bay in the top of the second scoring Pudge Rodriguez and Adam Dunn, but four home runs allowed by Washington (two apiece from Jeff Francouer and Rod Barajas) and the inability of starter Mock to pitch aggressively--put any chances of the second Curly "W" of 2010--well out of reach.
More painful was watching the 20-Year Mets' Phenom, Jennry Mejia, mow right through all three Washington batters he faced to close out this game in the 9th. Mejia pitched with the determination that comes from knowing you can succeed. Something each and every hurler wearing Washington's Jersey this evening--failed to grasp.
Final Score from Citi Field where not having the command of their pitches cost every single pitcher Jim Riggleman sent to the mound tonight--The New York Mets 8 and Our Washington Nationals 2. Defeat number three in the four games played in 2010 continued a concerning trend. The numbers: 11, 8, 5 & 8--32 runs allowed since last Monday's Opener at Nationals Park. An average of eight runs per game that will not, on most nights, give ANY team much of a chance to win.
Just like every single game played in Major League Baseball--the outcome almost always surrounds the pitching. Tonight at Citi Field in Queens, the lack thereof displayed on the behalf of Washington's hurlers--was noticed. Too many opposing baserunners, too many walks and too little pitching to our players own strengths.
Not one pitched with confidence. That was the ball game.
PS--Two Uniform Notes from tonight's first away game of 2010:
The Red Sleeves & Socks now worn replacing Navy Blue look significantly better with the Curly "W" Script Washington Gray Away Jersey. We still believe the Blue Cap should sport a Red Curly "W" (not white) though to finish the look.
If you were watching on TV, Pudge Rodriguez wore a Red Catching Helmet below his mask while in the field--not Navy Blue to go with the caps worn by all of his teammates. We found that interesting.
Mock In-Game Photo--Mike Stobe--Getty Images
TV Shots Off MASN--by Nats320